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Social Problems in Asia (SOCG 218): Week 4

Alcohol and Drugs

Sociologists often argue that there is no direct link between objective conditions and subjective interpretations of most social issues. Week 4 examines these objective conditions and explores subjective interpretations through the use of two social issues i.e. alcohol and drug use. 


1. Eric Goode. “Drug Use as a Global Social Problem.” Handbook of Social Problems.

2. United Nation on Drug and Crime. 2003. Women and Drug Abuse: The Problem in India. Chapter 4: “Burden on Women due to Drug Abuse by Family Members .”

3. Abdullah, Noorman. 2005. “Exploring Constructions of the ‘Drug Problem’ in Historical and Contemporary Singapore.New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 7(2): 40-70.

4. Susumu Higuchi et al. 2006. “Drinking practices, alcohol policy and prevention programmes in Japan.” International Journal of Drug Policy 17(4): 358–366.

5. Juha Partanen. 2006. “Spectacles of sociability and drunkenness: on alcohol and drinking in Japan.” Contemporary Drug Problems 33(2): 177-204.

6. Chenhall, Richard D. and Tomofumi Oka. 2009. “An Initial View of self-help Groups for Japanese Alcoholics: Danshukai in its historical, Social, and Cultural Contexts.” International Journal of Self Help & Self Care 5(2): 111-152.

7. Jeffrey Hays. 2009. “Smoking in Japan”

8. Ayukawa, Jun. 2001. “Smoking Problems in Japan.” In Joel Best (ed.), How Claims Spread: Cross-National Diffusion of Social Problems. NY, Aldine de Gruyter.

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